Bachelor of Arts (Major: Photography)

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

The Photography Major integrates theory and practice through an applied study of photography to provide the creative and artistic tools necessary for emerging photographers. You will take hands-on production classes that expand your knowledge in a collaborative environment. Our program is structured to guide you from introductory to advanced photography practices. We offer a range of courses to ensure a holistic knowledge of the craft of photography.

  • Why study this major?

    Photographers play an important role in capturing the images of our times. The power of an image cannot be underestimated. The Photography Major gives you the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to create powerful images now and into the future.

    You will develop your practical skills through hands-on experiences, including working with community groups and other organisations, culminating in a public exhibition of your works.

    Your portfolio of work will cover genres and styles that effectively communicate with people in a variety of contexts. Your portfolio will also be an effective advertisement for your creativity and skills as you begin your chosen career.

    Combining a major in Photography with a second Major or Minor, such as Journalism, Film & Screen Production, Social Justice or Environmental Management, will provide you with a skill set that will open up a number of employment opportunities.

    Skills such as working to a creative brief, collaboration, critical thinking, objective analysis, constructive feedback, and successful management of workflow and time pressures will also stand you in good stead with employers.

    The Bachelor of Arts majoring in Photography can be studied as part of a double degree. Graduates can later undertake a Master of Arts (MA), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

    Photography is available as a Major and Minor in the following programs, including double degree variations:

  • Structure of Photography Major in the Bachelor of Arts

    To complete a Bachelor of Arts with a Photography Major, you will study 24 courses, eight of which will form the Major. Normally you will take at least one course from your Major in each semester. Most Majors build sequentially in content, theme and skills and work towards the acquisition of advanced skills and knowledge by the completion of your third year of study.

    You may also choose to use eight elective courses to study a Second Major in another discipline or six elective courses to study a Minor in another discipline. Then you’ll have four or six more electives that you can select from any courses in the School of Arts & Sciences, providing you meet the pre-requisites that may apply.

    Plus the Core Curriculum and compulsory Academic Writing courses – that makes 24 courses.

    The Photography Major includes these requirements:

    Students are required to complete 8 courses of 25 units of credit (200 units of credit), as follows.

    FIVE (5) required courses:

    • COMM1000 Digital Photography
    • COMM2000 Aesthetics and Practice of Photography
    • COMM2001 Studio Photography
    • COMM3003 Professional Practice and Exhibition
    • COMM3001 Community Photography Portfolio

    Plus THREE (3) of the following courses:

    • COMM1060   Media and Society
    • COMM1210   Introduction to Screen Production
    • COMM1420   Introduction to Journalism
    • COMM2300   Digital Media Production
    • COMM2002   Travel Writing and Photography
    • COMM3002   Digital Journalism Portfolio
    • COMM3008   Communications Internship
    • COMM3050   Media Ethics and Law
    • COMM3070   Photojournalism
    • COMM3210   Interactive Media

    Students may complete these courses on approval from the Dean and if available:

    • ARTS3010 Experience the World I

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer in 2020 and 2021.

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.  Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) regulations, or by contacting the School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Career opportunities

    • Photographer: news, sport, travel, fashion, scientific, advertising, portrait
    • Photojournalist
    • Advertising art director
    • Multimedia specialist
  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: Photography), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

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